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  1. Sally Jane Smith
    6th November 2021 @ 11:15 am

    A great read – thanks!

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th November 2021 @ 12:03 pm

      You’re very welcome, Sally, many thanks for reading the blog. 🙂

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  2. Tricia
    6th November 2021 @ 11:57 am

    A great blog, Beth. I really enjoyed this.

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th November 2021 @ 12:03 pm

      Thanks, Tricia, I’m so glad you enjoyed the read. It’s a subject I could spend far too long on! 😀

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  3. Carolyn
    6th November 2021 @ 1:52 pm

    A phrase that has stuck in my mind since schooldays is “Il a les araignées au plafond” which I assume equates to “bats in the belfrey” for daft people.

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th November 2021 @ 2:12 pm

      ‘Spiders on the ceiling’? Yes, that makes perfect sense, Carolyn. Thank you, and now, of course, I’ll have to go and check it out! 😀

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  4. Kathryn Gauci
    7th November 2021 @ 12:41 am

    Great post, Beth. I must remember some of these sayings and try and use them, although my French is so bad, they wouldn’t have a clue what I was saying!

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    • Beth Haslam
      7th November 2021 @ 9:40 am

      Thank you, Kathryn. Heh heh heh, don’t worry, if you do come unstuck while using some I’m sure your French friends will applaud your efforts! 😀

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  5. Jemille R Williams
    7th November 2021 @ 8:00 am

    Thank you for Frenchsplaining these! Idioms are baffling all over the world.
    We had a French exchange student and I was charged with doing a lesson with him every day.
    He would ask me what “used to do” meant. I told him I had no idea, but just reiterated what it meant.

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    • Beth Haslam
      7th November 2021 @ 9:42 am

      You’re very welcome, Jemille, I had great fun with these. Idioms can be confusing, I understand exactly why you would respond in that way!

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  6. Sue Johnson
    9th January 2022 @ 3:52 am

    I take my hat off to all the talented multilingual people in this world! Learning another language is hard enough without coming to grips with all these different expressions. It is fascinating though!

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 1:09 pm

      I admire multilingual folks too, Sue. I had lots of fun researching for the blog and learned a great deal in the process. Oh to be a natural linguist!

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  7. Valerie Poore
    9th January 2022 @ 5:10 pm

    A super post, Beth. I don’t know how I missed this. I’m going to learn all of these 😄

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 1:10 pm

      Oh, don’t give it a second thought, Val. We all have plenty to read, and I keep missing your treasured blogs!
      Actually, as you’ll imagine, I had lots of fun with this blog, and learned a great deal in the process! 😀

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